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  •  Coronation Global Emerging Markets Flexible [ZAR] Fund (P)

2.46  /  0.69%


NAV on 2021/09/17
NAV on 2021/09/16 352.8
52 week high on 2021/02/17 427.16
52 week low on 2021/09/15 350.14
Total Expense Ratio on 2021/06/30 1.36
Total Expense Ratio (performance fee) on 2021/06/30 0.42
Incl Dividends
1 month change -0.75% -0.75%
3 month change -5.22% -5.22%
6 month change -12.27% -12.27%
1 year change -1.48% -1.48%
5 year change 9.02% 9.73%
10 year change 0% 0%
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  • Sectoral allocations
Consumer Discretionary 91.52 1.38%
Financials 8.65 0.13%
General Equity 133.09 2.00%
Liquid Assets 54.65 0.82%
Technology 448.95 6.76%
Offshore 5903.06 88.90%
  • Top five holdings
JINGDONG 457.10 6.88%
 NASPERS-N 448.95 6.76%
ALIBABA 259.53 3.91%
MAGNITOJSC 237.79 3.58%
SAMSUNGNV 214.78 3.23%
  • Performance against peers
  • Fund data  
Management company:
Coronation Fund Managers Ltd.
Formation date:
ISIN code:
Short name:
Global--Multi Asset--Flexible
MSCI Emerging Markets index
  • Fund management  
Gavin Joubert
Head of Coronation's Emerging Markets team, Gavin has 15 years' experience as an investment analyst and portfolio manager. He has managed a range of South African equity and balanced funds and currently co-manages Coronation's Emerging Markets Fund. Prior to joining Coronation in 1999, Gavin qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young and worked for Merrill Lynch and CSFB in London.
Henk Groenewald
Henk joined Coronation as an equity analyst in 2005. Prior to this, he spent two years as a trainee equity analyst with Allan Gray and three years as an electrical engineer at Sasol. Henk co-manages the Coronation Resources Fund and Coronation's absolute return range of funds.
Paul Neetling
Lisa Haakman
Iakovos Mekios

  • Fund manager's comment

Glb Emerging Markets Flex [ZAR] comment - Dec 19

2020/02/17 00:00:00
The fund returned +4.3% during the fourth quarter of 2019, which was 0.9% ahead of the +3.4% return of the benchmark MSCI Emerging Markets Index (both in Rand terms). For the 2019 year as a whole, the fund returned +31.3% which was 15.8% ahead of market’s return of +15.5%. This performance made it the fund’s second best relative year since inception 12 years ago (the best relative year was 2013 when the fund outperformed the market by 18.1%) and its third best year from an absolute return point of view, behind 2009’s +38.9% and 2013’s +38.6%. The fund has now outperformed the market over 1, 3 and 10 years, and most importantly is ahead of the market over long (and hence meaningful in our view) time periods with outperformance of 0.5% p.a. over 10 years and 1.9% p.a. since inception 12 years ago.
There were several stocks in 2019 that contributed more than 1% each to this outperformance and only one that detracted by 1% or more. In terms of positive contributors, Wuliangye Yibin led the way (appreciating by 155% and contributing 3.1% to performance) followed by New Oriental Education (+116%, +2.3% contribution), Yduqs/Estacio (+91%, +1.3% contribution), (+56%, +1.1% contribution), Yandex (+53%, +1.0% contribution), Adidas (+54%, +1.0% contribution) and Li Ning (+170%, +0.9% contribution). The good performance in 2019 was partly a reversal of a poor 2018 - three of the five worst performers in 2018 (, British American Tobacco and Cogna/Kroton) were all top fifteen positive contributors in 2019, but was also aided by a number of long-held positions coming through - including Yduqs/Estacio and Adidas referred to above. In addition, the likes of Airbus (+51%) and Sberbank (+55%) also contributed meaningfully. Lastly, a number of more recent (calendar 2018) buys also played a large role including Wuliangye, New Oriental and Li Ning. Of the seven largest positive contributors in 2019, we have almost fully sold out of one (Li Ning) as it has reached our fair value, and we have materially reduced the position size of a few of them including New Oriental (2.3% position in Sep 2019 to a 1.3% position in Dec 2019) and Adidas (1.1% position in Sep 2019 to a 0.9% position in Dec 2019). In terms of negative detractors, it was only Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) that detracted by more than 1% (-1.03% impact). The fund did own TSMC, but the position size was smaller than that in the index and TSMC was a strong performer in 2019 (+56%).
There were some new small buys in the fund during the quarter and some notable sells. A selection of some of these new buys included positions initiated in Tencent Music Entertainment (TME, 0.6% position), LG Household & Healthcare (0.6% position), Midea (0.5% position) and CP ALL (0.4% position). In terms of noteworthy sells, the fund has almost fully sold out of Li Ning and China Resources Beer (+170% and +55% respectively during 2019 with both reaching and exceeding our estimates of their fair values), as well as selling the remaining small position in BB Seguridade after it reached fair value, almost fully selling Porsche (concerns over the long-term future of the traditional automobile industry) and selling Cognizant. In terms of geographic exposure, China remains the largest country exposure in the fund (32.5% including Hong Kong, but effectively 37.2% if the look-through Tencent exposure in Naspers/Prosus is included), followed by India (10.0%) and Russia (9.6%). TME (0.6% new position) is 58% owned by Tencent and has two main businesses: a) it is the leader in online music in China (c.75% market share) and b) has a large online social entertainment business, which focuses on music-related live streaming and online karaoke. The online music streaming business is the better of the two businesses in our view and is essentially the Spotify of China (Spotify actually owns an 8.6% stake in TME). TME have c.650 million online music users in China (as a reference point, Spotify globally have a total of around 250 million users) but both the proportion of users who pay anything and the average revenue per user of those who do are low, and should increase over time and drive the top-line. Today the business makes a small loss at the operating level but, with continued revenue growth and resultant leverage of the cost base, in our view this business will be very profitable in years ahead. Content costs are cheaper in China than elsewhere globally (partly due to a fragmented music industry) and this should result in higher operating margins than the likes of Spotify, for example, are likely to achieve. Today the online music business contributes c.30% of TME’s revenue (and no profit) by our estimates, but over time we forecast that it will contribute c.45% of TME’s revenue and c.35% of its profits. The online social entertainment business (70% of TME’s revenue today and 100% of profit) is a very profitable business (EBIT margins of c.25%) but operates in a far more competitive area of the market where the barriers to entry are lower. We still expect this business to do well going forward, but the jewel in the crown and the main driver going forward will be the online music business in our view. TME went public just over a year ago at $13 a share and we didn’t participate in the IPO at the time. The fund has only ever participated in one IPO ( in its 12-year history as almost always IPOs are priced very favourably for the seller. After completing our due diligence on TME and gaining conviction, with the share price doing little since the IPO, we built the fund’s position one year later in December 2019 at an average price below $12. At time of purchase, TME was trading on around 25x forward earnings (c. 20x forward Price/Free Cash Flow as the business converts c.125% of earnings into free cash flow), which we believe is an attractive entry point for this asset.
LG Household & Healthcare (LG H&H, 0.6% position) is a South Korean branded consumer company with c.75% of profits coming from cosmetics (largely premium) and the other 25% from household personal care goods (similar to Unilever) and beverages (including the Coca-Cola rights in South Korea). The cosmetic business is the key driver and is what interests us most. The worldwide cosmetics industry has grown in excess of global GDP over the past decade (LG H&H in turn have grown at 2-3x the industry), is economically resilient and is a prime beneficiary of the wealth effect and rising disposable incomes. This is particularly the case with the Chinese consumer and in this regard LG H&H is very well placed and today over half its sales come from the Chinese consumer (c.15% in China itself and the balance from Chinese shopping largely at duty free stores in South Korea). LG H&H has been investing heavily in its main brand ‘Whoo’ for the past decade and this brand in particular has been successful with the Chinese consumer. This is both a continued opportunity and a threat going forward. Over the past decade LG H&H has grown revenue at 13% p.a. and EPS at 18% p.a. and today the business generates a ROE of c.20%. The fund purchased LG H &H on c.22x forward earnings which we believe is attractive for this high-quality asset.
We made two smaller purchases of 0.5% in Midea and 0.4% in CP ALL. Midea is a leading Chinese household appliances manufacturer, with 34% market share in washing machines in China, 24% market share in air conditioners and 15% in fridges. The company is vertically integrated (R&D, manufacturing, sales, warehousing & delivery) and is increasingly expanding into and developing logistics and robotics capabilities, as we increasingly move towards a smart technology world. While China (58% of sales) is its biggest market by far, it also generates revenue by selling in 200 other countries. Over the past 5 years, 110% of earnings have been converted into free cash flow and the business generates ROE’s of c. 25%. In our view, the share is attractively valued today, trading on c.14x forward earnings with a 3% dividend yield.
CP ALL is the 3rd largest 7-11 (convenience store) operator in the world (behind Japan and the US) with 11,500 convenience stores in Thailand (c.80% of group profits) as well as over 100 cash and carry stores (Makro, 20% of group profits). The business continues to roll-out c.700 new 7-11 stores a year in Thailand as well as increase the contribution from higher margin categories such as coffee, ready to eat meals and banking services within its stores. As a result, in our view the business can continue to grow at a low double-digit rate in the years ahead. In addition to its core Thailand business, it has nascent cash & carry operations in Cambodia, Myanmar, India and China and is in discussions for the 7-11 master license in Cambodia and Laos. Once a market darling, the share has been flat for the past 2 years and recent concerns about a potential bid for Tesco’s business in Thailand brought it into buying range.
At the end of December, the weighted average upside to fair value for the fund was around 30%. This is lower than the approximately 50% historical average, however this is not abnormal after a period of strong absolute performance and we believe the absolute upside is still quite compelling. This is especially so when one considers that the quality of the companies
  • Fund focus and objective  
The investment objective of the portfolio is long-term capital appreciation, achieved with lower long-term volatility than available from investing in relevant equity market indices. In order to achieve this objective, the portfolio will primarily invest in equity securities of companies based in developing countries or in equity securities of any other company regardless of where it is based, if the manager determines that a significant portion of the company's assets or revenues (generally 20% or more) is attributable to developing countries. In addition, the portfolio may invest in non-equity securities of similar corporate and government issuers. The portfolio may also hold other non-equity securities, assets in liquid form and appropriate financial instruments. The portfolio will, under normal market conditions, maintain an equity bias, but no limits are placed on the asset class composition of its portfolio. The limit on offshore investments will be in accordance with the requirements for foreign portfolios as per the ACI Code of Practice for Fund Classification. In determining whether a country is an appropriate developing market for inclusion in the investment universe of the portfolio, the manager will consider such factors as the country's per capita gross domestic product, the percentage of the country's economy that is industrialised, market capital as a percentage of gross domestic product, the overall regulatory environment, the presence of government regulation limiting or banning foreign ownership, and restrictions on repatriation of initial capital, dividends, interest and/or capital gains. Developing countries in which the portfolio may invest currently include, but are not limited to, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, South-Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey. The portfolio will be actively managed and relies on the professional judgment of the investment manager to make decisions about the portfolio's investments, both in terms of stock selection and asset allocation. The basic equity investment philosophy of the manager is to seek to invest in attractively valued companies that, in its opinion, represent above-average long-term investment opportunities. The manager believes that an important way to accomplish this is through fundamental analysis, which may include meeting with company executives and employees, suppliers, customers and competitors. Securities may be sold when the manager believes that they no longer represent relatively attractive investment opportunities in the light of the investment objective of the portfolio. The manager will be permitted to invest on behalf of the portfolio in offshore investments as legislation permits. Investments are not restricted to South Africa, but non-equity securities in the currency of a country, other than South Africa, may only be included in this portfolio if it complies with the Registrar's conditions and limits for inclusion of non-equity securities in a portfolio. The portfolio may also include participatory interests or any other form of participation in portfolios of collective investment schemes or other similar schemes. Where the aforementioned schemes are operated in territories other than South Africa, participatory interests or any other form of participation in these schemes will be included in the portfolio only where the regulatory environment is to the satisfaction of the manager and trustee of a sufficient standard to provide investor protection at least equivalent to that in South Africa. Nothing in this supplemental deed shall preclude the manager from varying the ratios of securities, to maximise capital growth and investment potential in a changing economic environment or market conditions or to meet the requirements, if applicable, of any exchange in terms of legislation and from retaining cash or placing cash on deposit in terms of the deed and this supplemental deed; provided that the manager shall ensure that the aggregate value of the assets comprising the portfolio shall consist of securities and assets in liquid form of the aggregate value required from time to time by the Act. For the purposes of the portfolio the manager shall reserve the right to close the portfolio to new investors. This will be done in order to be able to manage the portfolio in accordance with its mandate. This critical size shall be determined from time to time by the manager.

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